Help! There’s paint on my carpet!

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Help! There’s paint on my carpet!

Don’t panic if you spilled paint onto your carpet while doing some touch-up painting! There are a few things you can do to remove the paint. Most importantly, try to remove the paint while it’s still wet.

Removing dry paint from carpeting is a bit tougher but not necessarily impossible. The easiest paint to remove is latex because it’s water-soluble. Oil-based is harder to remove, particularly if it’s dried.

Latex Paint

      1. Scrape off as much of the dried paint as you can. You can use a knife or something similar to scrape the paint on the carpet.
      2. Once you’ve scraped off as much as possible, saturate the remaining dried paint with water, and let it stand for several minutes. Then use a wet/dry vacuum to suction away as much remaining paint and moisture as possible. You might need to repeat this process several times.
      3. If you still have some paint stains, add ¼ teaspoon of dishwashing detergent to 32 ounces of water in a spray bottle. Spray the solution onto the paint stain and gently scrub the area with a stiff brush. Be careful not to damage the carpet fibers while brushing. Continue spraying and cleaning the carpet area with the brush to remove the paint.
      4. If the stain remains, it’s time to take things up a notch. Follow the steps below for treating an oil-based paint stain.

Oil-Based Paint

Here are three tips for dealing with hard to remove latex paint or oil-based paint:

      1. Clean the stained area with a steam cleaner to remove the paint. You might need to repeat this several times to remove as much of the paint stain as possible.
      2. Next, apply a small amount of paint thinner, acetone, or hydrogen peroxide to a cloth rag and blot the stain. Repeat as needed. Keep in mind that this might cause some discoloration of the carpet! 
      3. If the carpet has plush fibers, you could cut off the paint-stained fibers to remove paint from the fiber tips. Be sure to cut as little as possible, or you risk creating a bare patch on the carpet.

If you’re still struggling to remove a paint stain after trying any of these steps, we suggest consulting a professional carpet cleaner. Good luck!

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